What are Endorphins?

Endorphins are naturally occurring substances in the body with pain-relieving and mood-enhancing effects. They are part of the endogenous opioid system and are produced by the body in response to stress, pain, and exercise, among other stimuli. Endorphins bind to specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord, reducing pain perception and increasing feelings of well-being and pleasure. They help regulate the body’s response to pain and stress, and they are believed to be involved in the development of addiction. Substance abuse can interfere with the normal functioning of the endogenous opioid system, leading to decreased production of endorphins and increased pain sensitivity. Understanding the role of endorphins in the body can help develop more effective and targeted treatments for addiction and pain management.

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